Reboot Podcast Episode Operator’s Manual #4 – On Modeling Self-care and Building the Machine

The Reboot podcast showcases the heart and soul, the wins and losses, the ups and downs of startup leadership. On the show, Entrepreneurs, CEO’s, and Startup Leaders discuss with Jerry Colonna the emotional and psychological challenges they face daily as leaders.


Ali Schultz

Ali Schultz

Coach and Co-founder of Reboot

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Jerry Colonna

Jerry Colonna

Co-founder and CEO of Reboot

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Episode Description

In this episode of our Operators Manual series, Ali and Jerry consider how the health and resilience of an organization can be directly tied to the CEO’s own modeled behavior around self-care. Jerry reminds us that the CEO’s job is to build the machine that builds the products and services, not to build the products and services.

Show Highlights

Top Quotes:

“One of the most important unspoken unnamed parts of being a leader is modeling.” – Jerry Colonna

“How would you feel if your child or your significant other came to work for your company? How would you feel if they worked under the structure and vision that everybody else is working for?” – Jerry Colonna

“[As a CEO], how I operate as a leader is watched carefully by everybody.” – Jerry Colonna

“Taking care of self is not self-care the way you might find next to the bubble bath at Bed Bath and Beyond…This is absolutely essential for your long-term resilience, but also for the resilience of that company.” – Jerry Colonna

“Your job ultimately is to build the machine that builds the products and services, not to build the products and services.” – Jerry Colonna

“Your job as CEO is to take the resources that investors are gonna give us or the dollars, the profits that our customers supply us, and to turn that into more dollars.” – Jerry Colonna

“When we build and maintain a strong team and give them what they need to succeed, and we have a clear expression of where we’re going, our vision, our values…the result is that the team starts to coalesce and operate.” – Jerry Colonna

“The mistake is when the CEO starts doing those other jobs, then they’re disrupting the machine building.” – Jerry Colonna

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